Renewal has always been a concern of God's people. This present volume, a tribute to Pentecostal Bible scholar Stanley M. Horton, offers biblical and historical glimpses into the various facets of renewal throughout the history of the church. It further provides fresh insights into the outworkings of this renewal throughout the history of the church today.
Essays examining the biblical themes of renewal include J. G. McConville's study of Renewal as Restoration in Jeremiah and J. Massyngberde Ford's inquiry into the Social and Political Implications of the Miraculous in Acts. Among the essays in Part 2, Historical Studies, Donald Dean Smeeton discusses how William Tyndale was a theologian of renewal. Church historian Richard Lovelace honors Professor Horton with an essay on Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Evangelical Tradition. Part 3, Contemporary Studies, explores some of the effects of the modern charismatic renewal, including the appearance and growth of loving communities and the impact of renewal movements on society. These essays truly take a new tack towards understanding the various faces of spiritual renewal. They offer the specialist a challenge to see things in a new light, while they afford the non-specialist some practical models of renewal that can affect how he or she views Christian experience.
Overall, the editor and respective authors submit this anniversary volume to their colleague and friend, Dr. Stanley M. Horton, and to its readers everywhere with the hope that these sixteen studies may make a useful international contribution to scholarship and that 'Faces of Renewal' may be found helpful to preachers, teachers, and students of God's Word.